Crypto and the Climate Crisis

Monday April 4, 2022 2:00pm to 3:00pm

The rise in cryptocurrencies, particularly extremely energy-intensive ones like bitcoin, is creating pressing new challenges for staving off the worst impacts of climate change. What can policymakers do to help regulate cryptocurrencies?

Join us for a discussion on cryptocurrencies and their far-reaching environmental impacts with Lawrence Baxter, David T. Zhang Professor of the Practice of Law, Duke Law; Faculty Director, Global Financial Markets Center. This discussion will be moderated by Cary Coglianese, Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, Penn Law; Director, Penn Program on Regulation.

This event is sponsored by the Wharton Risk Center and the Penn Program on Regulation as part of Energy Week at Penn.


Lawrence Baxter

David T. Zhang Professor of the Practice of Law

Duke Law

Lawrence G. Baxter is the David T. Zhang Professor of the Practice of Law at Duke University where he also directs the Global Financial Markets Center. Baxter is also the Governor's appointee and elected Vice Chair of the North Carolina Innovation Council, and he was a member of the Regenerative Crisis Response Committee  He focuses his teaching and scholarly research on the evolving regulatory environment for financial services and beyond. He also has published extensively in the areas of United States federal and state administrative law; domestic and global banking and regulation; comparative law; jurisprudence; criminal law (United States and Australia); legal writing; constitutional law (non-U.S.) and professional training and responsibility.  He blogs about regulation, law, and public policy.

Cary Coglianese

Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science

Penn Law

Cary Coglianese specializes in the study of administrative law and regulatory processes, with an emphasis on the empirical evaluation of alternative processes and strategies and the role of public participation, technology, and business-government relations in policy-making. His books include Achieving Regulatory Excellence (Brookings Institution Press, 2016); Does Regulation Kill Jobs? (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014); Regulatory Breakdown: The Crisis of Confidence of US Regulation (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012); Import Safety: Regulatory Governance in the Global Economy (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009); Regulation and Regulator Processes (Ashgate, 2007); and Leveraging the Private Sector: Management-Based Strategies for Improving Environmental Performance (Routledge, 2006). He has also recently written on climate change policy, public participation and transparency in federal rulemaking, the use of artificial intelligence by government agencies, and voluntary environmental programs. Coglianese was a founding editor of the peer-reviewed journal Regulation & Governance, and he founded and continues to serve as advisor to The Regulatory Review.